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Take a closer look at 2014 MLK Jr. Week [PHOTOS]

Weeklong celebration featured many memorable moments


The Ohio University annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration featured many memorable events that honored the memory of the renowned Civil Rights leader who was killed in 1968.

Carrying the theme, "OHIO's Legacy: Living the Dream," Ohio University faculty, staff and students as well as Athens area community members showed up in large numbers to support the week's events.  

Here are a few of the outstanding images captured by the University Communications and Marketing photographers during the 2014 celebration:

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Alpha Phi Alpha member Derrick Holifield breaks the silence of the march to yell out names of those who have been injured or killed by racial discrimination such as Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Photo by Olivia Wallace.

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Silent marchers gather in the Baker University Center after the walk. Photo by Olivia Wallace.

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Silent marchers cross College Green on MLK Jr. Day. The brunch is held annually to honor the legacy of Dr. King, who participated in numerous silent marches during the Civil Rights Movement. Photo by Olivia Wallace.

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MLK Jr. Day Brunch speaker Frederick Harris delivers his lecture to a sold out Baker University Center Ballroom. The professor of political science at Colombia University and director of the Center on African-American Politics and Society earned a standing ovation from the crowd after examining the writings of African American author James Baldwin and their connection to the activism of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Photo by Olivia Wallace.

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Members of the Athens Black Contemporary Dancers (ABCD) perform at the 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Brunch. Photo by Olivia Wallace.

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Kristen Helmsdoerfer (left), Delfin Bautista (center) and Morgan Varner (behind paper) make plans for increased social activism during a Jan. 22 MLK Interactive Workshop at Walter Hall Rotunda. The workshop was led by Thomas Costello, a Glidden Visiting Professor and alumnus who heads the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion in Detroit. Photo by Elizabeth Reyes.

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Athens County Public Defender Herman Carson (standing) speaks to the crowd after the Jan. 21 viewing of the 2012 HBO documentary "Gideon's Army" at the Athena Cinema. The documentary detailed the struggles of several young public defenders in the deep south. Carson spoke to the crowd about the accuracy of the film and shared some of the problems that he has encountered in his more than 30 years practicing law. Photo by George Mauzy.

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Ohio University student Jacob Chaffin shares his personal views on social justice and community activism during a Jan. 23 MLK Jr. Celebration open mic night at Casa Nueva in Athens. Watching the performance, from left, are Stephanie Sanders, Lisa Harrison, Gerard Grigsby, Chanel Glover, and John Schmieding. Photo by Lauren Pond.

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Freshman Leon McCollum freestyles during a social justice-themed open mic night at Casa Nueva in Athens on Jan. 23, 2014. The first-time event showcased the artistic talents of Ohio University employees and students. Photo by Lauren Pond.

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Ohio University student Autumn Setzler prepares a pot of soup in the Ohio University United Campus Ministry kitchen on Jan. 25, 2014, as part of the MLK Jr. Day of Service. Unfortunately, inclement weather caused the ministry to cancel the student-prepared meal that had been planned for the afternoon. Photo by Lauren Pond.